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In Memoriam
Patel photoVedant Patel, a senior in Computer & Electronics Engineering, was tragically slain in March at his Omaha apartment. His bachelor’s degree was awarded posthumously during Commencement May 5 in Omaha. A scholarship fund is now established; to donate, visit

Hewit photoBill Hewit
, ’50 MECH, died Dec. 31 at age 88. He was born June 8, 1923 in David City and served as a B-24 pilot during WWII. He attended the University of Nebraska and married his wife, Betty-Ruth, also a student. After earning his B.S. degree, he became an independent oil producer. In 1994 the Hewits endowed the James K. Ludwickson Professorship in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, to honor a favorite faculty member who was especially devoted to student development. Hewit is survived by his wife, daughter and granddaughter.

Dale L. Plugge (B.S. Electronics Engineering, 1960) is retired and lives in Denver, P.E.,’51 MECH, worked to engineer crop-conditioning equipment for manufacturing in several countries, including Argentina, Europe, Mexico, East Africa and China. He has been involved in agricultural and commercial construction transportation trailers, and fabrication and design of semi-conductor coolers for the electronics industry.

Roger Robb, ‘57 MECH, M.S. ’73, is retired and lives in Arizona. During his career, he helped design, build, test and operate Nebraska’s Hallam Nuclear Power Facility and the Palo Verde Nuclear Facility in Arizona. He also did development testing on SR-71 Blackbird aircraft.

Wellington Meier, Jr., ‘59 CIVE, M.S. ’60 ENGM, co-authored the book Construction Quality: Do It Right Or Pay The Price, published by Prentice Hall. He is retired and lives in Tempe, Ariz.

Paul M. Martin, ‘62 MECH, M.S. ’70 MECH, is a senior engineer with the City of Dallas (Texas). He works on reducing costs for the city by finding ways to consume less energy. He’s proud of increasing sustainability with innovative solutions at various buildings. He has taught as an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University’s Facilities Management master’s degree program. He became a LEED certified professional in 2007.

Charles Goodrich, ’66 ELEC, writes, “I designed a line of AM and FM high power broadcast transmitters manufactured in Omaha and sold and operating all over the world. The transmitters continue to provide a public service to major cities as well as remote villages, informing listeners of current events and information during emergencies.”

A. R. (Bert) Schultz, ’68 CIVE, with three other engineers, in 1984 formed INTEC: an International Offshore Engineering and Construction Management Consulting Company, headquartered in Houston. By 2000, the company consisted of 450 employees in six worldwide offices. He was the senior vice president of projects and retired in 2001 when the company was acquired by Heerema International, a Dutch offshore construction company. Schultz was the engineering and construction manager for several large offshore projects in Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico, Taiwan and Malaysia. He is now active in a number of community commitments.

William P. Glaser, ’71 CIVE, is a project manager with Nevada Department of Transportation in Carson City. He has worked on rebuilding the roadway system outside the terminal at San Diego International Airport, including five bridges to separate the traffic; he also worked on the new terminal building. Glaser is currently president of his local UNL alumni chapter, Northern Nevadans for Nebraska: “For one of our activities I go to three local high school award ceremonies and present a copy of Willa Cather's book, My Antonía, to the student selected by the faculty as the outstanding English student.”

David Fleck, P.E., ‘72 CIVE, earned an Alumni Achievement Award from the Nebraska Alumni Association. Fleck chairs the board of the Sioux Falls Construction Co., and established an alumni chapter in South Dakota.

Marc Nagele, ’76 CHME, is a worldwide sales manager with Chevron Phillips Chemical in Texas. He manages “a group of Type A sales people in a worldwide organization that sells products in over 100 countries.” He adds: “My engineering background allows me to contribute to my customer's success in ways that traditional sales people cannot.”


Thomas Bejot, ’80 AGEN, of Ainsworth, is the owner of Bejot Feedlots. His partnership includes a feed lot with 11,000 head of cattle and a 3,000-acre farm.
Douglas J. Harris, Sr
., ’80 ELEC, is a technical manager with Honeywell, Phoenix. He earned his M.B.A. from Keller Graduate School of Management in 1993 and is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Certified Project Management Professional (PMP). In his recent work, he has managed development of the first certified large-format cockpit Electronic Information System for large business jet and air transport applications. He was on a team responsible for all new displays and graphics technology development in support of Honeywell Aerospace's Crew Interface Technology portfolio.
Timothy W. Merrihew, P.E., ’85 CIVE, is a capital projects and design manager for the Village of Wheeling (Ill.), Public Works Department.
Vern Kuehn, ’87 CM, is a senior vice president with Kiewit Building Group, Inc., in Arlington, Va. He recently began this position and relocated from Kiewit Building Group in Omaha, where he worked on the TD Ameritrade Park, among other projects.

Michael Bowen, ’94 CM, owns The Weatherization Company in New Orleans. He writes that he is putting together a program to lead young African-American males into the construction industry as a profession, noting that this career path “changed my life incredibly.”
Brian Yates, ’95 MECH, is a product and technology concept manager with Dell Computers in Texas: “working to provide design concepts that use the latest technologies and the lowest cost.”
Yoder photoKristan J. Yoder
, ’95 CM, received the Nebraska Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Achievement Award. He is founder, owner and president of Quick Connect, a computer services and sales business with locations in Lincoln and Omaha. Quick Connect was named one of KFOR’s Best of Lincoln businesses and won the Better Business Bureau’s Integrity Award in 2011. He also serves as a small business counselor with SCORE, stimulating business growth and long-term economic stability in the area. Yoder is a third degree black belt in Judo and volunteers as a judo instructor at Lincoln’s Roseberry Academy.

Keith Drey, ’04 IMSE, is a production manager with Natura Pet Products in Fremont. He values being part of a growing company that has flourished through recent challenging economic times and food recalls. His recent focus has been “improving production efficiency with new construction projects underway and ongoing (for) increased ingredient storage and warehouse expansion.” Drey enjoys working to “meet varying customer demands in terms of product innovation and needed timeliness.”

Michelle Vigeant, Ph.D. ’08 AE, received a $422,218 NSF CAREER Award to study “Importance of Late-Sound-Field Properties and Listener Envelopment to Room Acoustic Quality and Design.” One of the nine concert halls that she plans to survey across the US and Europe is Omaha's Holland Performing Arts Center. Vigeant is the second graduate from DSEAC's Architectural Engineering program to receive an NSF CAREER award (the first was David Bradley at Vassar College in 2011).

Keith Davis, ‘11 M.Eng., is a software engineering manager with Lockheed Martin in Marietta, Ga. He writes, “I had the privilege of working for Lockheed Martin Skunk Works for six years. The Skunk Works is famous for its revolutionary designs in aeronautical engineering, like the F-117 Stealth, U2 and the SR-71 Blackbird.”


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